Thanks to the folks at Veris Natural Skincare, who have graciously provided products for us to try.  Their website recommends the Veris Rose Hip Seed Cleanser ($21) for oily or combination skin, so I chose it to test and review.

The Veris line is based on Natural Skincare and true to their claim, this cleanser contains only a handful of natural ingredients:  purified water, olive oil castile, vegetable glycerin, rose hip seed oil, oil of kumquat and seaweed extracts. Unfamiliar with the benefits of rose hip seed oil, my check on the web revealed that it contains vitamins A and C and is high in linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids and studies suggest that the oil may help in reducing wrinkles, acne scarring and promote collagen levels to increase.

Castile (a vegetable based soap) is not a new notion, but has been used for centuries. Since the castile is formulated with olive oil which helps to moisturize, it also has the added benefit of an antioxidant, hydroxytyrosol, which is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect. I like the idea of using a cleanser that may have benefits other than just cleaning.

Lightly fragranced, this gel cleanser dispenses easily from a flip –top bottle and quickly foams when applied to a wet face using a circular motion as directed.  (The fragrance doesn’t linger after rinsing.)

For about three weeks I have used this as my daily cleanser and have been very satisfied with the performance.  I found that only a small amount is needed to clean my face thoroughly.  It rinsed easily away and instead of giving me that stripped feeling, it left my skin moisturized.  Natural, gentle cleansing and possible other benefits with sustained use, this is a cleanser I would recommend.

Ingredients

Purified water, olive oil castile, vegetable glycerin, rose hip seed oil, oil of kumquat and seaweed extracts.